BCGC Activities 2016

The scienftfic programme Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC) has completed its action plan and got all its expected results for 2016. By organizing the 8th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ) with a focus on long-term monitoring and data analysis on grassland ecosystem under global change, over 100 scientists from Russia, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Israel, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, Iran, Malaysia, Bangladesh, USA, UK, France, German, Australia and China attended. The co-organizers and supporters were International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS); Chinese National Committee for Man and Biosphere Program, UNESCO; Institute of Zoology (IOZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); The State Key Laboratory of Integrated Pest Management, IOZ, CAS; National Nature Reserve of Xilinguole Grassland, Inner Mongolia, China; Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway; A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences; China National Committee for International Union of Biological Sciences (CCIUBS); Asia Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN); Asia-Pacific Wildlife Diseases Network (APWDN); Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS; Department of International Affairs, China Association for Science and Technology; Division of Life Science, National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Development of partnership

Six scientists from France, USA, China (2), Mexico, and India joined the BCGC program in 2016


Ameca y Juárez EI and Jiang Z (2016): Flood exposure for vertebrates in China's terrestrial priority areas for biodiversity conservation: Identifying internal refugia. Biological Conservation 199, 137-145. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.021

Cao L, Wang Z, Yan C, Chen J, Guo C, Zhang Z (2016): Differential foraging preferences on seed size by rodents result in higher dispersal success of medium-sized seeds. Ecology, 97(11), 3070–3078

Li G, X Hou, X Wan, Z Zhang (2016): Sheep grazing causes shift in sex ratio and cohort structure of Brandt’s vole: Implication of their adaptation to food shortage. Integrative Zoology 11: 76–84. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12163

Li G, B Yin, X Wan, W Wei, G Wang, CJ Krebs, Z Zhang (2016): Successive sheep grazing reduces population density of Brandt’s voles in steppe grassland by altering food resources: a large manipulative experiment. Oecologia 180, 149-159. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3455-7

Xiao Z and Z Zhang (2016): Contrasting patterns of short-term indirect seed–seed interactions mediated by scatter-hoarding rodents. Journal of Animal Ecology 85, 1370–1377. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12542

Yan C, Y Xie, X Li, M Holyoak, Z Zhang (2016): Species co-occurrence and phylogenetic structure of terrestrial vertebrates at regional scales. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 25, 455–463. doi: 10.1111/geb.12428

Zhang Z, Z Wang, G Chang, X Yi, J Lu, Z Xiao, H Zhang, L Cao, F Wang, H Li, C Yan (2016): Trade-off between seed defensive traits and impacts on interaction patterns between seeds and rodents in forest ecosystems. Plant Ecol 217, 253–265. doi: 10.1007/s11258-016-0566-0

Conferences and Workshops


ISIZ 2016

8th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ), 25-29 July 2016, Xilinhaote, Inner Mongolia, China. Over 100 scientists attended.


Three BCGC Symposia 2016

Three international symposia on BCGC during the 22nd International Congress of Zoology (ICZ), 14-19 November 2016, Okinawa, Japan. Over 1,100 participants from 31 countries and regions attended. They were organized within the BCGC programme of IUBS.


Workshop: Animal Ecology on Grassland

International training course at the “Research Station of Animal Ecology on Grassland” in Xilinhaote, Inner Mogolia, 29 July to 6 August 2016. Over 20 scientists and students from Germany, Russia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and China attended. The course included lectures, discussions, specimen collection in the fields, classification and analysis of the collected specimen. The workshop was organized within the BCGC programme of IUBS.


Workshop: Invasive Species

The International training course on invasive species 26-28 October 2016 in Hainan, China. Over 50 people from Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fuji, Samoa, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria, Japan and China attended. The workshop was organized within the BCGC programme of IUBS.